Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

What is CF?

"Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure. CF causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs." Learn more from Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Our Team

Cystic Fibrosis Physicians

Dr. Nancy Morrison

Dr. Meredith Chiasson

Cystic Fibrosis Nurse Coordinator TBA
Cystic Fibrosis Dietician Carly Nichols
Physiotherapists Heidi Kent

Paulina Miller
Psychologist Sulaye Thakrar
Respiratory Therapist and Research Coordinator
(Division of Respirology and CF Clinical Trials)
Andrea Dale
Social Worker Kayla O'Hearn



This guide will help you learn about the services that the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program offers and how you can access them.

Transition Process

When you reach age 18 or graduate from Grade 12, you will transition from the IWK to the Halifax Infirmary CF Clinic.

You will meet the Adult Program CF Team during your last IWK appointment (in the spring/summer) before you transition. All future appointments will be at the Respirology Clinic located on the 4th floor of the Halifax Infirmary (HI).

Clinics are held on Tuesday afternoons or Friday mornings, where you will see one of our CF physicians, nurse, dietician, social worker, physiotherapist, respiratory therapist and psychologist. Your pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are done the same day as your clinic appointment in the PFT lab located on the 3rd floor of the Halifax Infirmary (during COVID-19 pandemic) or at the clinic.

When you arrive for your appointments, you'll register for your appointment at the 4th floor kiosks located just inside the Halifax Infirmary – Robie Street Entrance. You are notified of your clinic appointments via a letter in the mail.

If you need to get admitted to hospital, you will be admitted to one of the Medicine units on the 8th floor of the HI. Your CF physician and team will follow your care closely with daily visits from your CF nurse and as needed from your CF dietician. You will be in a private room with your own microwave and mini fridge.

We look forward to meeting you!

Metropolitan Dispensary

The Metro Dispensary provides low-cost prescription medications to individuals with low income and to anyone who is unable to afford the medication that they are being prescribed. A referral is required.

Patients can reorder their medications by email.

NS CF Drug Plan

Patients who are Nova Scotia Residents:

  • All medications are covered without a co-pay.
  • You will need to pay the dispensing fee for transplant medications.
  • If a patient’s compressor breaks, please bring the broken compressor to the IWK Chest Clinic (beside Metro Dispensary) for replacement. This is covered by the NS CF Drug Plan.


Use's Trial Finder to easily search current and upcoming clinical trials in Nova Scotia (as of Nov 2023).

News & Events

  • November 2023 - Diving deeper into the under-represented Canadian CF population
    • Dr. Stanojevic is a respiratory epidemiologist who wants to better understand how the CF population changes over time and how we can keep people healthier for longer. She was recently funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for her study Beyond the numbers: understanding disparities in the under-represented Canadian Cystic Fibrosis population, with an Early Career Investigator Award. Cystic Fibrosis Canada partnered with Research Nova Scotia to fund this project.
  • Applications for the 2022-2023 Vertex Foundation Scholarship will be accepted from December 6, 2021 to February 1, 2022. Scholarships are awarded to help people with cystic fibrosis and their immediate family members (siblings, caregivers, children and spouses) pursue collegiate two-year, four-year or graduate degrees. Learn more on Vertex's website.


Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Cystic Fibrosis Canada - Atlantic Canada Region

Facebook - Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Facebook - National Advocacy Network 
(join the private group)
FEV1 percentile calculator for Canadians with cystic fibrosis
(Strug Lab)
Toronto Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre
(St. Michael's Hospital)
Toronto Lung Transplant Program
(Toronto General Hospital)


Contact information

Patients of the CF clinic can call the nurse coordinator at 902-473-4147.